Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Poet Oatmeal Stout

It's really raining! I'm not even sure this tropical system has a name, but let me tell you a little ditty about Rob and the Rain. It rained most of the day and really started coming down just as I needed to pick up both children from school. As I told local weather anchor Julie Durda this morning, the neighbors that were mocking me this past weekend for doing maintenance on my ark will not be laughing by tomorrow night! (If you don't get it, pick up a copy of Genesis). Anyway, it's raining. And my flood insurance policy was just renewed on time. Thanks for asking.

Tonight I'm drinking The Poet Oatmeal Stout brewed by New Holland Brewing in Holland, Michigan. This might be the last one to come back from my Pittsburgh trip last month. The label depicts an angry raven on a branch in front of a bright full moon. I'm guessing you're supposed to be thinking back to high school literature class and Edgar Allen Poe's classic poem.

Chocolate aroma. Oh and roasted honey if that makes any sense, like a kid's cereal. The flavors start off a little more bitter than I was expecting. Roasted and slightly burnt bitter chocolate are pretty much the prevailing flavors from start to finish. The beer does seem to sweeten and show a little more caramel character after it warms up a bit, and for me that was a big plus. Creamy texture but not particularly smooth as there is a hoppy bite as this one goes down. If you love that roasty malt flavor in your beer, this one's for you. You will get that no matter what, but my suggestion is to let this one sit around for between 10 and 15 minutes, depending if you live in Canada or Hell. Pretty solid beer. Check it out! The End.

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Sorry for the slightly crappy pictures, but I didn't want to use the flash and it was dark outside at 5pm due to the weather. Ya dig?


Sarah said...

I tried this beer in Chicago when I was there this summer for Lollapalooza. We stopped at the famous Miller's Pub for lunch and being a Poet as well as a stout lover, this beer caught my eye on their bottle list. I loved the chocolate hints as well as the hoppy bite you mentioned. I plan on hunting down some more of this one eventually. It's a great stout.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Sarah Maria. Chicago? Did they shake you down? Lollapalooza? They still have that? I hope you didn't shave for at least a few weeks beforehand. Miller's Pub? You drink MGD? Wow what a setting! LOL.

OK, seriously, glad you liked this and for me was pretty good too. I had to bring this back to Florida from PA so my likelihood is probably zero until another trip north.

Oh, and where can we read some of your poetry?

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

marie said...

I need to get my hands on this - any beer with literary references is a beer after my own heart. Sounds like it didn't suck either. I've seen some other stuff from NH in my local store but never this one.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Good morning. Yeah not bad. I'm not much of a poet, but can rip off a few Andrew Dice Clay limericks if necessary. Check it out if you can but don't go to Pittsburgh to buy it.

vanessagimpel said...

I am a big fan of New Holland's beers, hopefully I can pick some up while we're up north in a couple of weeks :)